What does extraneous mean?

Definitions for extraneousɪkˈstreɪ ni əs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word extraneous.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. extraneous, immaterial, impertinent, orthogonal(adj)

    not pertinent to the matter under consideration

    "an issue extraneous to the debate"; "the price was immaterial"; "mentioned several impertinent facts before finally coming to the point"

  2. extraneous(adj)

    not essential

    "the ballet struck me as extraneous and somewhat out of keeping with the rest of the play"

  3. extraneous, foreign(adj)

    not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source

    "water free of extraneous matter"; "foreign particles in milk"

  4. external, extraneous, outside(adj)

    coming from the outside

    "extraneous light in the camera spoiled the photograph"; "relying upon an extraneous income"; "disdaining outside pressure groups"


  1. extraneous(Adjective)

    Not belonging to, or dependent upon, a thing; without or beyond a thing; foreign

  2. extraneous(Adjective)

    Not essential or intrinsic

  3. Origin: From extraneus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Extraneous(adj)

    not belonging to, or dependent upon, a thing; without or beyond a thing; not essential or intrinsic; foreign; as, to separate gold from extraneous matter

  2. Origin: [L. extraneus, from extra. See Extra-, Strange.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Extraneous

    eks-trān′yus, adj. external: foreign: not belonging to or dependent on a thing: not essential.—n. Extranē′ity.—adv. Extran′eously. [L. extraneus, external, ex, from, extra, outside.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of extraneous in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of extraneous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Barbara Boxer:

    There's no longer language in the bill tying extraneous issues (to the bill). That would be a deal breaker.

  2. The Senate:

    I can’t predict for you what extraneous items may be included (on the omnibus) but there are almost always some.

  3. Ben Carson:

    I don't wander off into those extraneous areas that can be exploited. I have learned that, moral decay and fiscal irresponsibility.

  4. Primo Levi:

    Human memory is a marvelous but fallacious instrument. The memories which lie within us are not carved in stone; not only do they tend to become erased as the years go by, but often they change, or even increase by incorporating extraneous features.

  5. Antonio Gramsci:

    In the life of children there are two very clear-cut phases, before and after puberty. Before puberty the child's personality has not yet formed and it is easier to guide its life and make it acquire specific habits of order, discipline, and work after puberty the personality develops impetuously and all extraneous intervention becomes odious, tyrannical, insufferable. Now it so happens that parents feel the responsibility towards their children precisely during this second period, when it is too late then of course the stick and violence enter the scene and yield very few results indeed. Why not instead take an interest in the child during the first period

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